The information presented in the Learning Library will supports students to learn content related to climate change in two ways:
- A “brief” of three to four paragraphs introduces the topic for students deciding what the focus of their game will be
- A selection of relevant visualizations, animations, and/or videos provides additional information that students will draw on, as they get deeper into game design.
Note: If possible, every student should read the first chapter, “Systems thinking.”
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What is systems thinking? It is a way of thinking about the world around us as – systems. It means identifying the components in a system, and exploring how they are connected. It means exploring how these connections produce the behavior of the system. This chapter provides an overview of systems thinking, and some of the ways in which it's central to understanding climate change.
This chapter discusses feedback loops within the climate system, and how they can lead to an acceleration of global warming.
How Earth’s systems move heat energy
When heat enters Earth's climate system, what happens to it? This chapter discusses how heat moves around our planet.
Oceans are often forgotten popular discussions of climate change, but they play a huge role in both storing and moving heat around the planet.
The water cycle
We ordinarily think of the water cycle as describing how water moves around, and it does do that, but every stage in the water cycle also involves a huge transfer of heat energy. This chapter looks at how energy uses water as a vehicle.
This is an overview of what air actually is, and what role it plays in our climate.
The Greenhouse Effect
This chapter reviews the basics of the greenhouse effect.
What role does life play in the climate? This chapter reviews how the biosphere interacts with the climate.
This chapter reviews the carbon cycle, and how it affects carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
Human disruptions of the Carbon cycle
Human activity is affecting all of the chemical cycles on Earth, and our disruptions of the carbon cycle are the reason the planet is warming right now. This chapter discusses how we are disrupting the carbon cycle.
Evidence for human causes of climate changeThis chapter looks at what evidence we have that human activities are the primary driver of current warming.
Impacts of climate change
This overview discusses the different ways in which we expect climate change to affect the biotic and abiotic parts of our planet.
Sea level rise - what is happening and what should we expect?
This chapter covers what has driven the sea level rise that we have seen so far, and how we expect that to change in the coming years.
Is there a link between extreme weather and climate change? What changes can we expect as the planet warms?
What can we do?
Climate change is big and scary, no matter what comes, we'll have to deal with it. In responding to climate change, there are two categories of action. Mitigation, or trying to reduce or slow the warming, and adaptation, which means living with the changes that we can't prevent.
How do we slow or minimize the changes to our climate, to make them easier to manage?
How can we adapt to the changes that we can't avoid?